Apple has revamped its iPad lines with the addition of the impressive-looking iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Both tablets boast improved components and see the debut of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in these larger devices.

But Apple’s iOS devices aren’t for everyone - if you would prefer an Android device or the iPads are a little out of your price range, here are some of the best iPad alternatives available right now.


Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 9 tablet

Price: TBC

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This HTC-made Android tablet has just been unveiled by Google. Its key selling point is the presence of the Android 5.0 operating system – Lollipop.

As it’s a Nexus-branded device, that means it runs Android in its purest form and will be first to benefit from the latest software updates. From a hardware standpoint it’ll have a super-powerful Tegra K-1 processor, a better-than-HD 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display and up to nine hours of battery life.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

 Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Price: £350

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An even larger version of Samsung’s popular Note phablet series, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers an eight-inch screen and a user interface designed to work with Samsung’s handy S Pen stylus. This thin, light and powerful tablet also has cellular capabilities so you can even make phone calls, even though you might look a bit silly.


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7

Price: From £199

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Amazon’s powerful and affordable tablets are another great option as they integrate a year of free Amazon Prime (meaning you’ll get free next-day delivery from and a free subscription to Amazon Prime Instant Video and access to the Kindle Lending Library.

The HDX 7 runs a very different version of Android than we’re used to with a different interface and all apps downloadable from the Amazon App Store rather than the Google Play Store.


Tesco Hudl 2

 Tesco Hudl 2 pink

Price: £129

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One of the best value tablets on the market and you can pick it up at your local supermarket.

The Android-based Hudl 2 follows on from the original with a larger and crisper 8.3-inch full HD display, a quad-core Intel Atom Processor, 2GB of RAM and 8-hours of battery life. It’s also got Dolby-optimised audio for a great movie viewing experience.

Best of all is the price. It starts at £129 and can be bought even cheaper if you bring your Tesco Clubcard points into play.

[Related story: Tesco Hudl 2 review]


Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Price: From £639

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If you’re a Windows fan there are few better options than the Surface Pro 3. Unlike most tablets, this Windows 8.1 machine can be a true laptop replacement thanks to the ability to run all of your favourite desktop apps, like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop, while the USB ports let you plug in your favourite accessories.

It can be used as a standalone tablet thanks to the 12-inch touchscreen or a laptop with to the multi-position kickstand and the super-thin Type Cover. The premium specs mean a premium price point.


Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Price: From £329

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Just on sale, Sony’s new tablet aims to pack as much as possible into a super-slim, light and waterproof package. There’s Android 4.4. (which will no doubt be updated to Android 5.0), a beautiful eight-inch screen and a powerful quad-core processor.

If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, this is the tablet for you. The PS4 Remote Play feature allows you to stream your console’s games to tablet when someone else wishes to use the living room television set.


LG G Pro 8.3

LG G Pro 8.3

Price: £199

Website: LG

LG has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in recent years thanks to phones like the Nexus 5, LG G2 and LG G3.

The LG G Pro 8.3 is a highly-rated Android tablet with a full HD 8.3-inch display and a great design. It’s not the most powerful tablet in this list and there’s no 3G/4G option, but it does have an extremely agreeable £199 price point. This is certainly one of the best value options on the market right now.